Betty J. Gillette

Betty J. Gillette, 85, departed this earthly realm for her anticipated heavenly home on October 22, 2011, peacefully, well tended and loved by many at Life Care Center, her home and extended family for the past nine years.

She is preceded in death by her parents Nettie and Joseph King, her husband John, her sister Doris Martinez. Betty is survived by two daughters, Ella Mae Hardin from Port St Lucie, Florida, and Jo Ann Fisk (George) of Farmington, New Mexico; four grandchildren, D.J., Teresa and Davina Hardin and Michelle Lewis (Robert); great-grandchildren, Roger and Kimberly Hardin, Sierra Bolgrean (Jeff), Derrick and J.P. Crane, Sarrah and Brittany Lewis, and Stephanie Munoz (Jesus) along with seven precious great-great grandchildren.

After her husband’s death, Betty moved to San Juan County from Sundance, Wyoming, to be with her family. A twenty-seven year resident she shared her talents, time and energies with this community through many hours of volunteer services. In 1997 Betty was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the San Juan College Volunteer Center. Organizational involvements include: New Mexico Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, Senior Companion Program, AARP President, TRIAD, Health Advocate Services, 55 Alive Instructor, ECHO food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Bonnie Dallas Senior Center, Chamber of Commerce. She was President of the Resident Council at Life Care and was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary Order of Eagles in Gillette, Wyoming.

Betty enjoyed arts and crafts, flower gardening, animals, reading and creating unique Christmas candies and cookies to share with family and friends among other activities. Her car would never bypass a yard-sale.

With her social butterfly personality, Betty endeared herself and touched the hearts of many people. Special in her heart among many who were brought into her life is George, son-in-law extraordinaire who became her most appreciated devoted son to her last breath.

Words cannot express the love and kindness by which she was blessed and loved all in return…

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home in Farmington. Refreshments were served at Life Care Center of Farmington following the service.

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Betty is in the care of Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home in Farmington.